No Rocket Surgeon
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Corona and S. El Monte, CA
Bikes: Cannondale D600, Dahon Speed T7
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Mr.JC, I've put a little over 500 miles on my Speed 7 since I bought it earlier this year. I have had no problems with the bike and I really enjoy it. I'm 230# and that's about the upper weight limit for the bike. I commute on it every day, so it gets real-world use regularly.
However, a couple of thing to watch out for:
1. The front rims on my Speed 7 were very poor quality, in my opinion. I've had them replaced twice due to a large lateral mismatch where the rims fit together. Put on the front brake and get a "thunk, thunk, thunk". Finally the shop where I bought the bike gave up trying to fix it and told me this was "normal". Having ridden bikes all my adult life, this was news to me. I'll be upgrading the rims soon.
This may be the cause of your metal sliver problem...the brakes are catching burrs from the rims. Check how well they fit up at the seam.
2. The front cones on ALL the replacement wheels mentioned above were far too tight. The bearings were binding. Check your cones and back them off if necessary.
But I'm not one to throw the baby out with the bathwater. I really like my Dahon! I couldn't ask for much more out of a commuter.
Fewer Cars, more handlebars!